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From Incite to Leadership founder and CEO Jo Ilfeld, read the latest on strategic vision, leading change amid complexity, and honing the way you communicate and collaborate with others. Get resources, practical strategies, research, and more.

You need to develop this leadership skill first!

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | July 12, 2019 |
Jo Ilfeld | Executive Leadership Coach

I am not a sports fan. I didn’t grow up around sports (except for the best of the Chicago Bulls, my hometown team) In fact, I used to say that one of the reasons I married my husband was because he didn’t watch sports and I found them so boring to watch. I worked one…

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I’ve been known to overreact in these situations, have you?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | June 22, 2019 |
Jo Ilfeld Executive Coach| Leadership Article

*I’m pleased to share this article with you that was recently published on Forbes.com.* Have you ever been thrown off your game at a critical moment? Recently I met with a client who had an upcoming crucial off-site meeting alongside the leadership team she’s on. She was nervous about going to this off-site because she…

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Inbox Zero? How to Manage Your Email in 3 Simple Steps

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | May 24, 2019 |
Jo Ilfeld| Executive Leadership Coach|Inbox Zero? How to Manage Your Email in 3 Simple Steps

Overwhelmed by your inbox? Let me show you how to manage your email inbox in 3 simple steps

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Is Your Team-Building Leaving Some People Cold?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | April 25, 2019 |
Jo Ilfeld Executive Leadership Coach |Team Building|Is your team-building leaving some people cold?

This weekend, I had the opportunity to play a collaborative game called Spaceteam with a few friends of mine. This game was recently given to my son for his birthday.  My whole family played it right away that night and we all laughed a lot and thought it was fun. Plus I love the idea…

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When you are in over your head, do this!

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | March 15, 2019 |
Jo Ilfeld Executive Coach | Leadership Skills |

Imagine this scenario: My mom takes me to a spa (thanks Mom!) where there are lots of fitness activities to choose from. I, a very slow but determined jogger, show up to the spa’s trail run for all levels. “I’ll stay towards the back of the pack,” I think, “but what an amazing way to…

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Forget About Letting Your Actions Speak For You

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | February 20, 2019 |
Jo Ilfeld PhD Forbes Article | Executive Leadership Coach | Forget About Letting Your Actions Speak For You

Typical leadership advice tells leaders that you want to be on the frontlines with your crew. While this might be great wartime advice, it often falls short in today’s workplaces. Simply put, your staff might be too busy to notice what you think you are modeling. You need to do more than just demonstrate your commitments through actions — you need to narrate your values and priorities as well.

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Here’s What I’m Reading in 2019, What Are You?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | January 29, 2019 |
Executive Leadership Coach | Top Books of 2018 | What Are You Reading in 2019

As my clients and friends know about me, I’m an avid reader. I love reading fiction, I love reading leadership books, productivity books, and occasionally I’ll even sprinkle in a great non-fiction book people have been raving about to me.

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Do you know about this leadership hack?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | October 8, 2018 |
what assessments can do for our leadership

I’m currently sitting at the back of the room during my weekend launch with my executive MBA class. In case you didn’t know, I teach Leadership Intelligence to the executive MBA cohort at Sonoma State University. (You might be wondering why I’m typing at the back of the room if I’m teaching – someone else…

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How candid are you really?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | September 6, 2018 |

I’m writing this blog from one of my favorite places in my world which is Carmel, California. Although the weather is cold and overcast today, I can still feel my whole body relax in this cozy coastal town. What are the places where you can feel your shoulders drop and your mind clear of the…

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What are YOUR rules to live by?

By Jo Ilfeld, PhD | August 8, 2018 |

I read this interesting blog post by Seth Godin several months ago on what are Bonnie’s rules for being a better client of website design services.  They include gems like the following: White space is your friend Be open to things you didn’t imagine Nothing takes a second Tell me the problem, not the solution Then I…

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